Youth Job Connection Mentor

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Posted Date: August 30, 2022

Time CommitmentVirtual roles require a minimum of three months for approximately 1-2 hours per month.
Minimum Age18
Location(s)Available at various YMCA Employment Centres in the Greater Toronto Area. Virtual opportunities are possible.

Program Description

The Youth Job Connection Program provides career development activities and training opportunities to youth aged 15-29. Youth complete a minimum of 60 hours of job readiness workshops before being placed into a work environment. Mentors are experienced persons who act as role models to youth in the YJC Program. They establish supportive relationships with their mentees, help youth improve their interpersonal skills, share resources with them and prepare them for workplace interactions.

Major Duties

Major Duties May Include:

  • Offering one-on-one support and encouragement to mentee.
  • Engaging in group mentoring (for in person mentoring).
  • Coaching/advising mentee on career development.
  • Assisting mentee in setting realistic and achievable goals.
  • Identifying resources to help mentee achieve their goals.
  • Challenging and motivating mentee to reach their goals.
  • Advocating on behalf of mentee in reasonable situations.
  • Attending scheduled meetings and completing mandatory trainings.
  • Keeping track of mentee’s progress and share information with YJC Facilitator.


  • Minimum age 18.
  • Successful applicants will need to provide a Vulnerable Sector Screening from their local police service before their first day of volunteering and every three years on the anniversary of their first day of volunteering.
  • Experience working with youth.
  • Several years of education, experience and expertise in a specific field or career path.
  • Previous mentorship or leadership experience an asset.
  • Access to internet and ability to use video conferencing applications such as Zoom.
  • Professional designation in field of expertise an asset.


  • Make a significant impact in someone’s life.
  • Personal growth and learning opportunities.
  • Develop leadership and coaching skills.

How to apply

Complete the online volunteer application. You will need to provide the position title and location information of this position during step 3 of the application.

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Why Volunteer for the Y?

The YMCA of Greater Toronto aspires to be a great place to volunteer through an environment that embraces diversity and social inclusion, valuing differences and supporting full participation by all volunteers.  The YMCA provides more than 5500 volunteers with meaningful opportunities to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the health of our communities.  The YMCA works to build healthy communities.  This is achieved through a robust volunteer staff partnership, shared culture and values.

Our Commitments

The YMCA of Greater Toronto values the diversity of people and communities and is committed to excellence and inclusion in our Association.

We are committed to an environment that is barrier free. If you require accommodation during the interview process, please inform us in advance to arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodation.

About YMCA of Greater Toronto

The YMCA of Greater Toronto is a dynamic charity offering opportunities for personal growth, community involvement and leadership. Our 2010-2020 strategic plan Strong Start Great Future calls upon our Association to invest in young people across their life stages to deliver on our vision of ensuring our communities will be home to the healthiest children, teens and young adults. This community health strategy includes a significant role for adults and older adults.

Mirroring the region’s diversity, the YMCA offers a variety of programs responding to the needs of the community, including employment and essential skills, education, newcomer programs, youth outreach and intervention, fitness, sports and aquatics, international programs, child care and camps. 

When you support the YMCA of Greater Toronto, you help us ensure more children, youth and young adults have the chance to be healthy… and so much more. We believe that by providing our children with a strong start, they will have a great future. And, ultimately, strong, healthy children mean strong, healthy communities in the GTA for the years to come.